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How to apply managed configurations in Google Chrome with Knox Manage

Environment 

  • Knox Manage
  • Android Enterprise (AE) Device Owner (DO) mode

Overview

This knowledge base article guides you through the steps on how to apply the following managed configurations in Google Chrome through the Knox Manage console:

  • Disabling Incognito mode
  • Disabling saving browser history
  • Enabling auto fill for addresses and credit cards
  • Disabling cookies and JavaScript for all websites
  • Disabling pop-ups
  • Whitelisting/blacklisting URLs
  • Adding browser bookmarks

How do I apply managed configurations to Google Chrome with Knox Manage?

Before you can apply managed configurations in Google Chrome, you must enroll your device in Knox Manage, in Android Enterprise (AE) Device Owner (DO) mode. You must then create a new managed configuration: 
  1. In your Knox Manage console, add and approve Google Chrome as an application from the Managed Play Store.
  2. Navigate to Android Enterprise Settings > Assign Application > Set Configuration.
  3. Create a name for the managed configuration.
You can then apply your configurations as required.
 

How do I disable incognito mode in Google Chrome using Knox Manage?

You can prevent users from browsing Chrome in incognito mode with the following managed configuration:
  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Incognito Mode Availability.
  2. Select Incognito Mode disabled.

How do I disable browser history in Google Chrome using Knox Manage?

The configuration below can be used to disable a user's browser history in Google Chrome:
  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Disable saving browser history
  2. Configure Disable saving browser history to On.

How do I configure auto-fill settings in Google Chrome using Knox Manage?

You can also use managed configurations to enable Google Chrome's auto-fill option, which allows users to autocomplete address and credit card information that were previously entered.

 

To enable the auto-fill option for addresses:

  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Enable AutoFill for addresses.
  2. Configure Enable AutoFill for addresses to On.

To enable the auto-fill option for credit cards:

  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Enable AutoFill for credit cards.
  2. Configure Enable AutoFill for credit cards to On.
 

How can I disable cookies and JavaScript for all websites in Google Chrome using Knox Manage?

To prevent websites from saving local data or running JavaScript, follow the steps below:
 

To disable cookies for all websites:

  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Default cookies setting.
  2. Select Do not allow any site to set local data.

To disable JavaScript for all websites:

  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Default JavaScript setting.
  2. Select Do not allow any site to run JavaScript.

How do I disable pop-ups in Google Chrome using Knox Manage?

You can configure whether pop-ups are shown on websites. To disable pop-ups:
  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Default popups setting.
  2. Select Do not allow any site to show popups.

How do I whitelist or blacklist URLs in Google Chrome using Knox Manage?

Knox Manage allows you to whitelist or blacklist a set of URLs in Google Chrome. To do so:
  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Block access to a list of URLs.
  2. Enter ["*" ,"https://*"," http://*"] to blacklist all non-whitelisted URLs.
  3. Under Allow access to a list of URLs, enter any URLs that should be whitelisted. For example, to allow access to Google, enter ["www.google.com"]. 
NOTEThe string ["*", "https://*", "https://*"] is used as a wild card, preventing all non-whitelisted URLs from being accessible in Google Chrome.

How do I add bookmarks into Google Chrome using Knox Manage?

Bookmarks in Google Chrome are different from the bookmarks set in Knox Manage profiles, which create shortcuts on the device's home screen. To add bookmarks in Google Chrome:

  1. In the list of managed configurations, navigate to Managed Bookmarks.
  2. Under Managed Bookmarks, enter the URLs you would like to bookmark.
    Below is an example of the string to enter when creating bookmarks:
    [{"toplevel_name": "Managed Bookmarks"}, {"name": "Samsung Knox", "url": "samsungknox.com"}, {"name": "Knox Partner Program for Developers", "url": "developer.samsungknox.com"}, {"children": [{"name": "Samsung", "url": "samsung.com"}, {"name": "Samsung Store", "url": "shop.samsung.com"}], "name": "Samsung links"}]
    Entering this string will create four bookmarks for Samsung Knox, Knox Partner Program for Developers, Samsung, and Samsung Store under the Managed Bookmarks folder in Google Chrome.

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